Seen the Golden Gate Bridge? Been to Alcatraz? Culture Trip delves into the lesser-known side of San Francisco to explore hidden gems in northern California’s energetic metropolis.
There’s more to a vacation than ticking off sights on a well-worn tourist trail. To really get to know a city like San Francisco, you need to think like a local. Spend the morning strolling around a farmers market, belt out some late-night karaoke and eat delicious street food with our guide to the Golden Gate City.
Located on Moraga Street in Golden Gate Heights, the 16th Avenue Tiled Step Project is a beautiful work of urban art. For two years, from 2003-2005, the steel steps were mosaicked with the pure intention of making them more beautiful; this is certainly the most photogenic staircase you are going to find in the city. Climb the 163 step stairway as it flows through themes, from an oceanic aesthetic to a night sky-inspired design.
Watching the Giants play at Oracle Park in South Beach, one of the most picturesque baseball parks in the country, offers sumptuous views over the Bay. Grab a famous crab sandwich, probably the best snack in baseball, before sinking into the carnival-like ambiance of the game. Tickets aren’t overly expensive if you’re not too picky about your seats, whilst the park itself is accessible by public transport.
Danielle Hallock contributed additional reporting to this article.